Gwent — Beta Testing

I have a confession.  Despite being such an avid gamer, I have never played The Witcher 3.  Hopefully some of you haven’t lost all respect for me and will continue reading.

Card games have always been favorites of mine from traditional ones like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone to deckbuilders like Dominion and modern spins like Clash Royale.  Gwent was such a popular minigame in The Witcher 3 that CD Projekt Red went all in and made it a standalone title.  This past weekend’s PS4 stress test gave me a chance to try it out.  Here’s how someone who didn’t play The Witcher 3 but loves card games sees Gwent.

Multiple rounds and a meaningful board make for great mind games in Gwent.

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Steep (PS4) — Beta Testing

I have great memories of playing snowboarding games like 1080 Snowboarding and SSX Tricky until the sun came up.  Steep has been on my radar for a bit and Ubisoft had an open beta this past weekend just ahead of the December 2 release date.  If you’re on the fence or just looking for some info during this packed holiday release season, look no further.

Find that perfect run and nail it in Steep.

Find that perfect run and nail it in Steep.

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Battlefield 1 (PS4) — Beta Testing

I joined the Battlefield 1 open beta this past week for the same reason I tried Rocket League out last summer — by seeing a ton of cool clips on Reddit and wanting to see the game for myself.  I wasn’t expecting the same level of pure fun that came with Rocket League, but a free test drive for a triple-A shooter sounded good to me.  The only Battlefield game I’ve played before this is Battlefield 4 back when the PS4 launched, which I found kind of fun but it didn’t really grab me.  Battlefield 1 left me feeling the same way.

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Battlefield 1 trades fighter jets for biplanes and night vision goggles for gas masks

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Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo (PS4) — Beta Testing

I played through Final Fantasy XV’s first demo a little over a year ago.  It’s hard to believe, but the once-thought-to-be-vaporware game has an actual release date now of September 30, 2016.  Square decided to drop another demo a few weeks ago.  This one only took about 45 minutes to complete compared to the three hours of Episode Duscae.  How does it compare?

It's pretty weird, that's for sure.

It’s pretty weird, that’s for sure.

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Rocket League (PS4) — Beta Testing

I haven’t been playing many new things lately: the Android release of Hearthstone, a prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order that I didn’t like, and a remake of DmC: Devil May Cry.  As I was waiting for the House of Wolves DLC for Destiny to come out, I kept seeing the same game over and over on /r/ps4gifs — something called Rocket League.  The beta was easy enough to get into, so I decided to give it a try.

Long story short, I can’t wait for the full release in the summer and I’ve been telling everybody I can about Rocket League.  Here are my thoughts on Psyonix’s insanely fun game.

It's rocket-powered cars playing soccer and I can't stop playing it.

It’s rocket-powered cars playing soccer and I can’t stop playing it.

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Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae (PS4) — Beta Testing

Final Fantasy XV, a game first announced nine freaking years ago, is finally available in an actual, playable format.  The demo, subtitled Episode Duscae, comes with the recently-released Final Fantasy Type-0.  I’ve played through the roughly three hours of content, so what does nine years and a complete rebranding from Final Fantasy Versus XIII equate to?

Most of it will be spent hunting and fighting this thing.

Most of it will be spent hunting and fighting this thing.

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